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    Say Anything's Max Bemis Meets His Inner Demon in "Six Six Six" Video

    Max Bemis, the acid-witted frontman and only constant member of pop-punk veterans Say Anything, is well-known for pushing his music into audacious new directions. There were club detours on 2007's In Defense of the Genre, forays into rich power-pop on 2009's Say Anything, and, of course, 60 minutes of sweaty, self-aware catharsis on their acclaimed 2004 debut, …Is a Real Boy. For this year's Hebrews, Bemis makes another sharp deviation, opting out of guitar and bass entirely in exchange for a fully equipped string orchestra. This latest musical shift lends gravity to the lyrical transition Bemis has made over time, from depicting the anxieties of a callow, bipolar youth to those of a 30-year old man with a wife and kids.

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    Divorcee Marry Lo-Fi Pop and Real-Life Relationship Drama

    There's a maxim that broken relationships spawn great tunes. The latest proof? Divorcee, a new duo featuring WHY? frontman Yoni Wolf and his ex-girlfriend, Anna Stewart. On their six-song eponymous EP (due August 6 via Joyful Noise Recordings), Stewart lays bare her angst over past lovers, Wolf included, with incisive wit and twee melodies. Listeners can hear the feminine counterpoint to such WHY? tracks as "Good Friday" and "The Hollows" in Divorcee's "Low Piñata" and "Thoughts of a Man," and Wolf is clearly game for the airing of such personal business, as he provides Divorcee with a foundation of affecting lo-fi arrangements. Explore the former couple's current dynamic by streaming the Divorcee EP below. 

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    UltraMantis Black Bring Militant Hardcore to "Biomonster DNA" Video

    UltraMantis Black, a star within the Philadelphia pro-wrestling scene, has formed a band by the same name. Featuring members of punk group Pissed Jeans, UltraMantis Black delivers politically militant grindcore in the style of 90s icons like The Locust or Deadguy, combined with the over-the-top theatrics of pro wrestling. This combo is on display in their video for "Biomonster DNA," as Black dons his trademark insectoid mask to show off his moves on the mat, soundtracked by a burst of chugging scuzz. Stream "Biomonster DNA" above, and get UltraMantis Black's self-titled EP via Relapse Records.

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    Faulkner and RZA Pay Homage to the Big Apple in 'NY Anthem' Video

    Between working on films like his recently released Brick Mansions and getting studio time in for the upcoming Wu-Tang Reunion album, the RZA could do work for the New York City Tourism Bureau. His latest single "NY Anthem," a collaboration with rock band Faulkner, is a soaring ode to the concrete jungle, where "the lights light up the show." (The song served as the theme for ESPN NFL's mini-series Draft Academy.) Recorded at Rick Rubin's Shangri La studio in January, the track is featured on Faulkner's new Americaneur EP, and will also be the new home-field opener for the New York Yankees.

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    16 'Seven Nation Army' Covers: From the Flaming Lips to the World Cup

    In the 11 years since the White Stripes unleashed Elephant, "Seven Nation Army" has become the Detroit duo's signature song. With its primal energy, coolly detached lyrics, and, of course, that famous descending bass riff (so what if it was actually played on a pitch-shifted guitar?), the 2003 track has turned into an arena staple. The latest proof of its ubiquity?

  • Sweden's Sailor & I Get Intimate in 'Turn Around' Video

    Sweden's Sailor & I Get Intimate in 'Turn Around' Video

    Sailor & I is the is the nautically-themed solo alias of Stockholm electronic producer Alexander Sjodin, whose 2013 Tough Love EP was varied enough to draw comparisons to both the brooding alt-R&B of Rhye and the warm harmonies of Fleet Foxes. Now, Sjodin has released the video for "Turn Around," the sweet dance-pop track off of Sailor & I's new EP of the same name. The clip is as frigid as Sjodin's Scandinavian homeland, as disorienting close-ups bleed into long shots of a foggy open road, leading seemingly into nowhere. Watch the video for single above and look out for the Turn Around EP on June 30 via Life and Death Records.

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    Hear Marc E. Bassy's Addictive, Bouncy Hooks on 'Cigarettes'

    Bay Area MC Marc E. Bassy began his career performing with peppy electro-rappers 2AM Club and writing hits like "Beat It" for Wiz Khalifa. Recently his focus has shifted to his own solo work, with his debut, self-released EP Only The Poet arriving July 29. On the release's lead single "Cigarettes", the singer and rapper offers melodic verses about careerist goals and his own cancerous addiction in addition to an indelible falsetto hook. His bouncy flow channels the manic energy of Chance The Rapper; the animated style and tempered synths of "Cigarettes" could comfortably fit as a b-side to Acid Rap. Listen to "Cigarettes" below and peep the tracklist for Only The Poet as well.Tracklist:1. Only the Poets 2. Catch Myself 3. Cigarettes 4. Over the Water ft. NHT Chippas 5. Girls Get Down 6. Chemical High 7. Playa Playa 8. Stick to Your Guns 9. American Dreamlife

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    Watch Drenge's Fierce Stage Show in Live 'Face Like a Skull' Video

    Drenge have won admirers with their raw live sets — the British garage-punks ranked among the Best Things We Saw at South By Southwest 2014, after all. Now, the brother-duo have shared footage of another blistering performance, this one for "Face Like a Skull," a grimy highlight from their self-titled debut album. Says singer Eoin Loveless: "We'd leave 'Face Like a Skull' right up until the last song of our set...[it] was our moment to burn out onstage. It's the song where the drum kits gets trashed. It's the song where I kick on every single pedal until the amps bust."Watch the clip above, and to catch Drenge in action this summer, consult the tour dates below — they'll be traveling across the U.S. on behalf of their eponymous LP, which drops in America on July 22 by way of Infectious Records.Drenge tour dates:July 23 - Washington, D.C.

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    Mainland Skate Through New York in 'Leave The Lights On' Video

    Brooklyn's Mainland put their New York City roots on display in the video for "Leave The Lights On," the lead off their self-released Shiner EP which dropped earlier this year. Filmed in the grainy style of a '90s home movie, the clip shows the quartet skating down Eighth Avenue, getting kicked out of a Chinese place, and finally drinking tallboys by a sun-washed Hudson River. Though lead singer Jordan Topf sneers, "Living in the city, I get so bored," with Julian Casablancas-like aplomb in the track's bridge, the adolescent energy and colorful nostalgia of these visuals are anything but blasé. Watch the video for "Leave The Lights On" above, and catch Mainland when they open for Colourists and Field Mouse on June 23rd at Bowery Ballroom.

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    Watch AFI's Gloomy, Fan-Made 'A Deep Slow Panic' Video

    AFI recently held a contest asking fans to submit 45-second video clips, with the promise that several pieces would appear in the official music video for Burials track "A Deep Slow Panic". In typical fashion for the morose goth-punks, each short could focus on one of four themes: panic, anxiety, collapse, and the loss of self. After receiving thousands of submissions, the band included 25 pieces in the final product. As seen above, the four-minute hodgepodge features shifting geometric patterns, a mysterious body floating in a filthy bathtub, and the kind of shaky camera-work that recalls The Blair Witch Project. Watch the horrifying whole, then find AFI's summer tour dates below. AFI tour dates:August 8 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan AmpitheatreAugust 9 - Tampa, FL @ George M.

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